Today I’ll share Windows and Google news about Microsoft Office Web Apps vs. Google Docs (SkyDrive). Do you use Microsoft Office programs for making/creating papers and documents and next use Google Docs to edit or change these files/documents as an offsite backup or online?
Now that Office Web Apps and Office 2010 are available in public beta for no cost/free, at this point there are several reasons why you should think about uploading files or documents, spreadsheets and presentations into Office Web Apps using Windows Live SkyDrive adding up/addition to your Google Docs account.
1. Document layout/formatting is protected
If you are writing files/documents in Microsoft Office, Office Web Apps are will save/protect the document layout/formatting much better than Google Docs.
The left image/screenshot is of the unique document typed inside Microsoft Office Word. The middle image is the similar file imported into Google Docs while the screenshot on top right is from Office Live Web Apps. I hope you saw images as well.
2. OpenXML file configuration/format
Google Docs doesn’t support .pptx which is the default document arrangement of PowerPoint 2010 and 2007. You can still upload Excel (xlsx) and Word (docx) documents and files into Google Docs. Office Web Apps with Windows Live SkyDrive supports every newer Office file formats/layouts.
3. Windows Live SkyDrive supports larger files
You can upload Microsoft office files as large as 49.99 MB into Office Web Apps by Windows Live SkyDrive. However the size limit is much less in the case of Google Documents. For example, you can simply upload Word Documents up to 470 KB, Spreadsheets up to 1MB and Presentations up to 09 MB and into your Google Docs account by means of the web.
4. Content is not ‘lost in translation’
Both Google Docs and Office Web Apps are still untimely (early) products and do not support all the prosperous functions or features that are existing only inside Office desktop applications. As a result, if you produce a presentation or document inside Microsoft Office word and then upload that document on to Windows Live SkyDrive or Google Docs, various document/file features (for instance, slide transitions) won’t be offered in the web version of the document.
5. Public/community files are in the Lifestream
If you upload files or documents into a publicly shared folder (community files) on Google Docs, you will still have to tell your viewers about the position/location of these files. In the case of Windows Live SkyDrive, the files are usually published in your life-stream quickly as you upload them so every person in the group can see and notice them without you having to share some links.
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